Wednesday, March 5, 2014

#IWSG Post: What if No One Wants to Read Your Book?

Some writers face the fear of not having readers who’ll appreciate their work. Whether they choose to show their works solely on a blog or have decided to have their work published as a book, most of them face the same feeling of insecurity, but at varying degrees.

For my second IWSG post, I chose this topic because of a previous blog comment I’ve received—asking me if I have this fear and what do I do about it. To answer that, yes, I’ve felt it. Countless of times. I know its clingy, ill feeling. I know how it can halt your possible progress and keep you at a losing stage. It comes silently, and does its damage in a gradual manner if you don’t do anything about it.

I experienced this even before I had some books published and I was still working at a publishing industry for magazines and newspapers. I still face it at times now that I’m back to submitting manuscripts and allowing those to do the rounds, and—at the same time—working on some books that I’ve decided to self-publish.

What about you? Have you felt this, too? I know it’s tough. Sending you virtual *HUGS*. Hang in there.

I’m keeping this post short. I’m offering a book instead to further answer this concern. The Hidden Fear of an Author: What if No One Wants to Read Your Book?is NOW FREE on Smashwords. It’s a short book with a few tips; some of which I have used and some were done by others I’ve met. This is the first book for "The Other Side of an Author's Life".

I hope that aspiring authors, newbies and professionals (who still seem to face this fear at times) will find it helpful. Consider this as my gift. I’ll see you next post. 

Note: Forgot to add this...

Do visit Alex J. Cavanaugh's blog to see the rest of the other blogs of the IWSG members and the awesome hosts for this month. Thanks! 


Julie Flanders said...

I feel this all the time so your book is definitely something I need to read. How generous to offer it for free! Thanks for that, I'm so glad to meet you through the IWSG.

Crystal Collier said...

Awesome. I think patience and perseverance are the two most important and difficult things to master in this life, and they appertain to publishing as much as any other aspect, if not more.

Pat Hatt said...

It will get read, things just take a ton of time, which sucks a ton too haha

Elsie Amata said...

I often wonder if anyone will read it. Or, more precisely, if they will like what they read.

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SittieCates said...

--- Julie Flanders: I hope you like it. It's really, really short. :-) Lovely to meet you, too, Julie!

--- Crystal Collier: I agree, Crystal. Those are really hard to master.

--- Pat Hatt: Thanks. Yup, they do take time.

--- Elsie Amata: There are times when I get that feeling, too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Elsie!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Totally felt that fear! Heck, I get a moment of panic when someone says they bought my book and are about to read it...egads...what if they hate it?!

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